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November 26, 2014

THE CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER: PLAINTIFFS SEEK EXPEDITED APPEAL IN TEXAS VOTER ID CASE TO RESTORE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN 2015 ELECTIONS

Today, attorneys at the Campaign Legal Center, who serve as co-counsel for plaintiffs Congressman Marc Veasey and LULAC, filed a motion to expedite a pending appeal in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Veasey v. Perry—the challenge to Texas’ overly restrictive photo ID law (SB 14).

From The Campaign Legal Center


November 26, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE GENE WU: FILES LEGISLATION TO MODERNIZE OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM

Representative Gene Wu (D-Houston) has filed a number of bills aimed at modernizing our judicial system. Wu's package includes proposals that protect children, offer a second chance to nonviolent offenders, and promote more efficient law enforcement.

From Representative Gene Wu


November 26, 2014

JOHN WRAY CAMPAIGN: REP-ELECT JOHN WRAY DEFENDS TEXAS PRO-LIFE LEGISLATION

State Representative Elect John Wray signed his name to an amicus brief filed by Texas Right to Life and the Texas Eagle Forum for submission to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

From John Wray Campaign


November 26, 2014

TED CRUZ CAMPAIGN: MAY WE ALWAYS REMAIN A GRATEFUL NATION

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement in advance of Thanksgiving Day: “Today we give thanks for the miracle of freedom.

From Ted Cruz Campaign


November 26, 2014

LOIS KOLKHORST CAMPAIGN: KOLKHORST ENDORSES BY GOVERNOR RICK PERRY

The Lois Kolkhorst Campaign today announced the endorsement of Governor Rick Perry. Texas’s longest serving governor, Perry has been a conservative champion and oversaw the low-tax, low-regulation policies that have played a part in engendering the “Texas Miracle”.

From Lois Kolkhorst Campaign


November 25, 2014

TEXAS MUNICIPAL POLICE ASSOCIATION: ENDORSES REPRESENTATIVE LOIS KOLKHORST FOR SENATE

The Texas Municipal Police Association, (TMPA), the state’s largest law enforcement association, today announced their endorsement of State Representative Lois Kolkhorst, (R-Brenham) in her bid for Senate District 18.

From Texas Municipal Police Association


November 25, 2014

TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT: FERGUSON RESPONSE

Austin, TX. “The grand jury's failure to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown reflects a major structural flaw in the U.S. justice system and its inability to deal with police violence,” Jim Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, said on Tuesday.

From Texas Civil Rights Project


November 25, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS NAMES BOARD OF MANAGERS FOR REVOKED HONORS ACADEMY CHARTER

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today announced his appointments to a three-member board of managers for the liquidation of assets and other specific issues related to the revocation and closure of Honors Academy and the seven campuses operating under the charter as public, accredited schools.

From Texas Education Agency


November 25, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: FILES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT THE ALAMO

Working to preserve the rich history of the Lone Star State for generations of Texans, State Senator Donna Campbell filed legislation to protect the most famous historical landmark in Texas from falling under the ownership or control of a foreign entity.

From Senator Donna Campbell


November 25, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DEBBIE RIDDLE: OPPOSES BUSTING SPENDING CAP

Every two years the Texas Legislature takes on the monumental task of writing the state's budget. For a state the size of Texas it is no small task. Representative Riddle served on the House Appropriations Committee and Chaired the Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal Justice.

From Representative Debbie Riddle


November 25, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: CITY OF MCALLEN, UTRGV, AND DHR ANNOUNCE NEW MEDICAL SCHOOL RESEARCH CENTER

Today, the City of McAllen, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Doctors Hospital Renaissance unveiled plans for a new medical school research center in McAllen.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


November 25, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JOAQUIN CASTRO: STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR-ELECT ABBOTT'S COMMENTS THAT HE WILL SUE GOVERNMENT OVER IMMIGRATION

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released this statement following the Governor-elect Abbott’s comments that he will sue the federal government over the President’s executive order to address our broken immigration system:

From Representative Joaquin Castro


November 25, 2014

GEORGE P. BUSH CAMPAIGN: BUSH ANNOUNCES RENE TRUAN AS DIRECTOR OF PERMANENT SCHOOL FUND DIVISION OF THE GLO

Demonstrating his commitment to making public education funding a top priority, in one of his first major staffing announcements Commissioner-elect George P. Bush today announced Rene D. Truan will assume the role of Director of the newly created Permanent School Fund (PSF) Income Division in the office of the Texas General Land Office (GLO).

From George P. Bush Campaign


November 25, 2014

GARY GATES CAMPAIGN: GATES DELIVERS CANDID RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENT CONTRACT ALLEGATIONS SURROUNDING KOLKHORST

Earlier this morning, Gary Gates released the following statement to his supporters: Last week, my office received an anonymous letter and package that included information related to the recent allegations surrounding Lois Kolkhorst and her company’s (Kolkhorst Petroleum) contracts with state agencies.

From Gary Gates Campaign


November 25, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: HAGEL RESIGNATION SHOWS OBAMA DEFENSE POLICY HAS FAILED

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel: “Today's resignation reflects the ongoing damage caused by President Obama's misguided foreign policy of leading from behind.

From Senator Ted Cruz


November 25, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: FILES HB373 TO INCREASE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

State Representative Ron Simmons filed House Bill 373 to direct motor vehicle sales, rental and use tax collections to the State Highway Fund.

From Representative Ron Simmons


November 25, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: RELEASES SUPERINTENDENT TELL SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

Earlier this year, the Texas Education Agency conducted the Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning (TELL) Texas Survey aimed at gathering input from the state’s superintendents.

From Texas Education Agency


November 25, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE ROB ORR: RECOGNIZES CLEBURNE ISD AS A COLLEGE BOARD HONOR ROLL DISTRICT

Rep. Rob Orr (R-Burleson) is proud to congratulate the Cleburne ISD as one of only 29 Texas schools and 547 schools districts throughout the U.S. and Canada to be honored for its inclusion on the College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll.

From Representative Rob Orr


November 25, 2014

TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT: TEXAS BAR FOUNDATION GIVES $5,000 TO TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT FOR STATEWIDE PROMOTORA PROGRAM

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $15 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation.

From Texas Civil Rights Project


November 25, 2014

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: ABBOTT RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION; PLEDGES IMMEDIATE LEGAL ACTION

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued the following statement today regarding President Obama’s immigration executive action announced last week:

From Office of the Attorney General


November 25, 2014

TEXAS FAIR COURTS NETWORK: RECOMMENDS THAT INTERIM COMMITTEE ON JUDICIAL SELECTION SEEK TESTIMONY FROM WIDE RANGE OF EXPERTS

Ten Texas public interest organizations – including participants in the Texas Fair Courts Network – today called upon the Texas Legislature’s Interim Committee on Judicial Selection to invite a diverse number of participants to testify before it and contribute their expertise to its proceedings.

From Texas Fair Courts Network


November 25, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: GOVERNOR-ELECT GREG ABBOTT ENDORSES LOIS KOLKHORST IN SENATE DISTRICT 18 SPECIAL ELECTION

Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott today announced his endorsement of State Representative Lois Kolkhorst in the special election to fill the Texas Senate seat left vacant by State Senator Glenn Hegar’s recent election as Comptroller.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


November 25, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: UNMANNED AIRCRAFT IN TEXAS

Once again, Texas is on the forefront of technological advances. Last year, Texas A&M Corpus Christi was named one of six sites within the United States for developing and testing Unmanned Aircraft. Most of us know these as "drones" and they are most often used for military, but these can actually be used for a number of commercial and public applications.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


November 25, 2014

DENNIS BONNEN CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT ON THE 84TH SESSION

As conservative Members of the Texas House, we are proud to support the re-election of Speaker Joe Straus. Speaker Straus will be decisively re-elected because he encourages members to vote in their districts' best interests and because he is a fair, principled leader.

From Dennis Bonnen Campaign


November 25, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE ARMANDO WALLE: RESPONDS TO EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION

Today, State Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston) released the following statement on President Obama's executive order regarding certain undocumented immigrants:

From Representative Armando Walle


November 21, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF FORMER TEXAS STATE SENATOR RAY FARABEE

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst issued the following statement on the passing of former Texas State Senator Ray Farabee: "On behalf of the Texas Senate, I want to extend our deepest condolences to former Senator Ray Farabee's family and let them know our prayers are with them.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


November 21, 2014

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: TEXAS EDUCATION BOARD APPROVES TEXTBOOKS WITH CHANGES NO ONE HAS VETTED

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller had the following statement on today's State Board of Education vote to adopt new social studies textbooks for Texas public schools. "What we saw today shows very clearly that the process the State Board of Education uses to adopt textbooks is a sham," Miller said.

From Texas Freedom Network


November 21, 2014

TEXAS VALUES ACTION: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OPPONENTS FAIL TO REWRITE TEXTBOOKS, NATION'S RELIGIOUS HERITAGE INCLUDED, PREVAILS

Today, textbook publishers rejected efforts by opponents of religious freedom and our nation’s religious heritage and refused to eliminate references to Moses, his writings in the Ten Commandments, Judeo-Christian principles and their impact on American law, government and its founding.

From Texas Values Action


November 21, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE EDDIE RODRIGUEZ: APPLAUDS PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION; URGES CONGRESS TO ACT

State Representative Eddie Rodriguez (D-Travis County) issued the following statement on President Obama's executive orders regarding deportation relief for certain undocumented immigrants:

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez


November 21, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: INTRODUCES OPERATION UNITED ASSISTANCE TAX EXCLUSION ACT

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today introduced S. 2965, the Operation United Assistance Tax Exclusion Act, which provides that members of the Armed Forces performing hazardous humanitarian services in West Africa to combat the spread of Ebola shall be entitled to appropriate tax benefits.

From Senator Ted Cruz


November 21, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: SENATE HISPANIC CAUCUS TO HOST REGIONAL SUMMIT IN SOUTH TEXAS

Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus (SHC) Chairman José Rodriguez, SHC Vice Chair Sylvia R. Garcia, Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., and Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa welcome the SHC regional summit series to the Rio Grande Valley on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


November 21, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL-ELECT PAXTON ON IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ORDER

"The American people are rightfully concerned about the lawless actions of President Obama tonight. The President repeatedly told the nation he does not have the power to unilaterally make these changes to our immigration system, yet he did so tonight.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


November 21, 2014

MEXICAN AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS: MEMBERS VOICE SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ACTION TO ADDRESS IMMIGRATION REFORM

Members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives, the oldest and largest Latino caucus in the United States, issued the following statements regarding President Barack Obama’s executive action pertaining to the enforcement of current U.S. immigration laws.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus


November 21, 2014

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: ABBOTT PLEDGES COURT CHALLENGE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S IMMIGRATION PLAN

Attorney General Greg Abbott pledged quick action regarding President Barack Obama's announcement on immigration. Attorney General Abbott released the following statement:

From Office of the Attorney General


November 21, 2014

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION

This evening, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration: “President Obama's unilateral decision to grant de-facto amnesty to millions of immigrants living in this country illegally represents a wanton disregard for both the rule of law and the sovereignty of our nation.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


November 21, 2014

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES: RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S IMMIGRATION PLAN

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes commends President Obama for taking long overdue executive action to address key issues in our nation’s broken immigration system and calling on the administration and Congress to work to extend healthcare coverage to these individuals.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes


November 21, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: BLASTS PRES. OBAMA FOR RECKLESS USE OF POWER

State Senator Donna Campbell released the following statement regarding the President's executive action on immigration reform: "When Barack Obama was sworn in as President, he took an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

From Senator Donna Campbell


November 21, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON EXECUTIVE ACTION BY PRESIDENT OBAMA

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of executive action on illegal immigration: “In Texas we know firsthand the problems brought by illegal immigration and bad federal policy.

From Office of the Governor


November 21, 2014

TDP: RESPOND TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S IMMIGRATION ANNOUNCEMENT

This evening, President Obama announced historic Executive Actions on immigration. Despite being a step in the right direction, Texas Republicans like U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry continue their divisive rhetoric without offering any solution to our broken and outdated immigration system.

From Texas Democratic Party


November 20, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS SANDERS TO ASSISTIVE AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES COUNCIL

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Aureka Sanders of DeSoto to the Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Council for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The council assists the commissioner of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services in developing rules and policies for the agency.

From Office of the Governor


November 20, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS TURNER: STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION

In anticipation of tonight's announcement by President Barack Obama that he will sign an executive order addressing immigration, State Representative Chris Turner (HD101-Grand Prairie) released the following statement:

From Representative Chris Turner


November 20, 2014

JOSE MENENDEZ CAMPAIGN: MENENDEZ THANKS VAN DE PUTTE FOR HER DEDICATED YEARS OF SERVICE AND ANNOUNCES HIS INTENTIONS

State Representative José Menéndez issued the following statement on Senator’s Van de Putte’s decision to run for San Antonio Mayor: “San Antonio has always depended on the leadership of Senator Van de Putte.

From Jose Menendez Campaign


November 20, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: APPLAUDS EXECUTIVE DECISION TO GRANT ADMINISTRATIVE RELIEF TO UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

In reaction to today's announcement by President Obama on immigration, Texas state Senator José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus, issued the following statement: "I applaud President Obama's executive order to put a halt on deportations to some of the millions of undocumented immigrants working and living in the United States.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


November 20, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT/GOP ATTACKS ON OBAMA HAVE BROADER TARGET

Make no mistake, the partisan attacks launched against President Obama by Greg Abbott, Rick Perry and other Texas Republicans over the coming days will have a much broader target and a much darker purpose – to divide Texans against one another by encouraging hostility toward Hispanics.

From Lone Star Project


November 20, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: INVOKES CICERO'S WORDS AGAINST PRESIDENT OBAMA'S LAWLESSNESS

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today spoke on the Senate floor harkening back to Cicero’s famous warning to the citizens of Rome. Over 2,000 years later, the words are powerfully relevant to our current President’s lawlessness.

From Senator Ted Cruz


November 20, 2014

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: THE POLITICAL CIRCUS AT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

The State Board of Education’s adoption of new social studies textbooks this week appears to be turning — all too predictably — into another political circus that shuts out the public as well as scholars and other experts. Board members, including Chairwoman Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands, continue — in private — to pressure publishers into making changes to their proposed textbooks.

From Texas Freedom Network


November 20, 2014

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: SUPPORTS ACTION ON IMMIGRATION

President Barack Obama is expected to announce his executive order on immigration this evening. While the details are still unknown, Senator Sylvia Garcia (SD-6) supports the protections for immigrants that the executive order will reportedly provide.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


November 20, 2014

NATIONAL CENTER FOR POLICY ANALYSIS: NAMES 3 NEW BOARD MEMBERS

The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is expanding its board of directors with the addition of Dewey Corley, John Strauss and Michael Whalen. “The NCPA is thrilled to announce these new board members,” said interim President and CEO Dennis McCuistion.

From National Center for Policy Analysis


November 20, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: ANNOUNCES MORE FUNDING FOR THE NEW CORPUS CHRISTI HARBOR BRIDGE PROJECT

Today, the Texas Transportation Commission (TxDOT) approved an agenda item updating the 2015 Unified Transportation Program to include money for a Harbor Bridge contingency fund in the amount of $175 million.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


November 20, 2014

STEVE RAY ASSOCIATES: COASTAL BEND LEGISLATORS ANNOUNCE SUPPORT FOR STRAUS

The entire Coastal Bend Republican legislative delegation has announced its support of conservative Speaker of the House Joe Straus for re-election in the upcoming 84th Legislature.

From Steve Ray Associates


November 20, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE COMING HOME FOR SAN ANTONIO MAYORAL RACE

Senator Leticia Van de Putte has announced that she will be running for Mayor of San Antonio. Senator Van de Putte will be submitting a letter, later today, to Governor Perry expressing her intent to step down from the Texas Senate, upon the election and inauguration of a successor.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


November 20, 2014

TEXAS VALUES ACTION: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OPPONENTS ATTACK MOSES IN TC TEXTBOOKS, SEEK TO REWRITE NATION'S RELIGIOUS HERITAGE

This week, opponents of religious freedom and our nation’s religious heritage are pressuring textbook publishers and elected State Board of Education (SBOE) members to eliminate references to Moses and Judeo-Christian principles from new textbooks being proposed for approval. The SBOE has the authority to review and approve new social studies textbooks on a periodic basis and they are currently scheduled to make a decision by Friday of this week.

From Texas Values Action


November 20, 2014

TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT: APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ACTION TO ADDRESS IMMIGRATION CRISIS

The Texas Civil Rights Project released the following statement today: “Tonight, President Obama will announce the executive action his administration is taking to fix our broken immigration system.

From Texas Civil Rights Project


November 20, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JOAQUIN CASTRO: STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT'S IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ORDER ANNOUNCEMENT

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released this statement following the President’s announcement that he will issue an executive order to address our broken immigration system:

From Representative Joaquin Castro


November 20, 2014

LOIS KOLKHORST CAMPAIGN: KOLKHORST ENDORSED BY STATE SENATOR GLENN HEGAR AT CAMPAIGN EVENT WITH OVER EIGHT HUNDRED IN ATTENDANCE

The Lois Kolkhorst Campaign today announced the endorsement of State Senator and Comptroller-Elect, Glenn Hegar. The endorsement came during his remarks at a Kolkhorst campaign event in her hometown of Brenham.

From Lois Kolkhorst Campaign


November 20, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONER BARRY SMITHERMAN'S STATEMENT ON TODAY'S PASSAGE OF NARUC RESOLUTION SUPPORTING STATE REGULATION OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING AND NATRUAL RESOURCES

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners today passed a resolution reiterating both its 2009 resolution “supporting state regulation of hydraulic fracturing” and “recognizing and reiterating that states are well suited to effectively regulate their (own) natural resources.”

From Texas Railroad Commission


November 19, 2014

TEXAS FARM BUREAU: STATEMENT BY TFB PRESIDENT KENNETH DIERSCHKE ON REP. MIKE CONAWAY'S APPOINTMENT

"I am doubly pleased to congratulate my friend Representative Mike Conaway on being named chair of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. Not only has Mike served agriculture all across the nation in important ways, but he is the member of Congress who represents me.

From Texas Farm Bureau


November 19, 2014

LOWER COLORADO RIVER BASIN COALITION: CONCERNED ABOUT LCRA WATER CUTOFF

The Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition acknowledged the need for the unprecedented request by LCRA to cut off most irrigation water for a 4th straight year, though the Coalition also called for increased water conservation and drought contingency measures to help stretch water supplies.

From Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition


November 19, 2014

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: STATE OF TEXAS SHUTS DOWN BOGUS ONLINE 'FREE' CREDIT SCORES SCHEME

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today resolved the State’s enforcement action against the operators of an online scheme that violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

From Office of the Attorney General


November 19, 2014

TEXAS DENTISTS FOR MEDICAID REFORM: REQUESTS EXTERNAL REVIEW OF ALL OIG CASES BASED ON SUNSET COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARINGS

n a letter to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, TDMR President Gregory Ewing has recommended, based on the testimony in the public hearings held last week, that all pending OIG cases be stayed for external review because of allegations that OIG executives pressured investigators to change their reports to "get" providers.

From Texas Dentists for Medicaid Reform


November 19, 2014

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: STATEMENT ON TEXAS TEXTBOOK ADOPTION HEARING

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following comments following today's public hearing and preliminary vote by the State Board of Education on proposed new textbooks for Texas public schools:

From Texas Freedom Network


November 19, 2014

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: JUDGE RULES AGAINST PERRY

Judge Bert Richardson today ruled against Rick Perry's attempt to dismiss his felony indictments. Perry's motion to disqualify the special prosecutor on a legal technicality is the first of three pre-trial motions filed by the governor's defense team.

From Texans for Public Justice


November 19, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: FILES RESOLUTION TO THWART OBAMACARE PENALTIES

Starting in 2015, Americans without health insurance will face huge penalties under Obamacare, with some fines more than tripling. In response to the unpopular health care law, State Senator Donna Campbell filed a constitutional amendment to protect Texans from having these federal penalties enforced by state officials or agencies.

From Senator Donna Campbell


November 18, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: FILES TERM LIMIT LEGISLATION

Earlier today, State Representative Ron Simmons filed House Joint Resolution 46 to limit State Senators and Representatives, the Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, Land Commissioner, Agriculture Commissioner and Railroad Commissioner to a maximum of three terms, regardless of whether or not the terms are served consecutively.

From Representative Ron Simmons


November 18, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONER BARRY SMITHERMAN ADDRESSES ISRAEL'S 1ST INTERNATIONAL OIL & GAS CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION DEAD SEA

Commissioner Barry Smitherman today addressed Israel’s 1st International Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition discussing the success of the Railroad Commission of Texas’ oil and gas regulation in helping to develop energy security for the United States.

From Texas Railroad Commission


November 18, 2014

TEXANS FOR LAWSUIT REFORM PAC: ENDORSES STATE REP. LOIS KOLKHORST FOR SENATE DISTRICT 18

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC today endorsed State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst for the Senate District 18 seat being vacated by Comptroller-Elect Glenn Hegar.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC


November 18, 2014

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: DIGITALIZATION OF RARE MAPS HELP SAVE TEXAS HISTORY

Christmas came early at the historic archives of the General Land Office with a gift Texans worldwide will be eager to share. A private collection of some of the oldest and rarest maps of Texas is now available to the public, thanks to a unique digitization project with Houston map collectors, Frank and Carol Holcomb.

From Texas General Land Office


November 18, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: STAND WITH ISRAEL AGAINST PALESTINIAN TERRORISM

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement in response to the brutal terrorist attack at Kehilat Yaakov Synagogue in Jerusalem this morning:

From Senator Ted Cruz


November 18, 2014

GOVERNOR RICK PERRY, LT. GOVERNOR DAVID DEWHURST & SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: TEXAS LEADERS EXTEND STATE-LED BORDER SURGE

Having established the model for securing the border in the absence of effective federal action, Texas leaders have reached an agreement to extend the ongoing law enforcement surge through the end of the current fiscal year.

From Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Speaker Joe Straus


November 18, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: ATTORNEY GENERAL-ELECT KEN PAXTON TAPS CHIP ROY AS FIRST ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL, ANNOUNCES TRANSITION TEAM

Texas Attorney General-elect Ken Paxton today named his pick for First Assistant Attorney General and announced members of his transition advisory team. "I’m excited as we work through this transition and prepare for the years ahead," Ken Paxton said.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


November 18, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON JERUSALEM TERROR ATTACK

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding the terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue: “Today’s brutal slayings in Jerusalem are acts of shocking evil, even in a world that has sadly become accustomed to acts of barbarism by the forces of evil in the Middle East.

From Office of the Governor


November 18, 2014

AUSTIN MONTHLY: NAMES NEW PUBLISHER: BRUCE GAULTNEY TO LEAD CITY'S DEFINITIVE MAGAZINE

Austin Monthly, the city’s definitive magazine, has named former New York Times Company media executive Bruce Gaultney as its new publisher.

From Austin Monthly


November 18, 2014

TEXAS LOBBY GROUP: FORMER REPUBLICAN CAUCUS DIRECTOR CARRIE SIMMONS JOINS TEXAS LOBBY GROUP

Texas Lobby Group proudly announces the addition of Carrie Simmons to the firm. Simmons will work with the firm’s clients to promote and drive legislative solutions.

From Texas Lobby Group


November 18, 2014

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: WHAT TO EXPECT WITH THE TEAS TEXTBOOK ADOPTION THIS WEEK

The State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its second and final public hearing at 1 p.m. today (Tuesday, November 18) on the proposed new social studies textbooks for Texas public schools.

From Texas Freedom Network


November 18, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: TAB BILLBOARD CALLS ATTENTION TO LOW COLLEGE COMPLETION RATES

The Texas Association of Business has rented the Austin Today billboard to send the message that all institutions of higher education must do a better jobs to ensure students are completing their degrees.

From Texas Association of Business


November 17, 2014

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: FILES LEGISLATION TO END DIVERSIONS FROM STATE HIGHWAY FUND

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) filed SB 184 and SJR 15, a package of legislation that will increase budget transparency and add millions of dollars in new highway funding without new taxes, tolls, fees or debt.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


November 17, 2014

CAROLYN BILSKI CAMPAIGN: BILSKI TO RUN FOR TEXAS HOUSE IF SPECIAL ELECTION CALLED

Austin County Judge Carolyn Bilski announced her intention to run for Texas House District 13 if a special election is held for the office in the coming months. District 13 includes all of Austin, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Lavaca and Washington counties.

From Carolyn Bilski Campaign


November 17, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: PUBLIC INVITED TO OFFER INPUT, NOMINATIONS FOR UT AUSTIN PRESIDENT

Members of the public may submit nominations for the next president of the University of Texas at Austin via a UT System website launched today, Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster announced.

From The University of Texas System


November 17, 2014

SENATOR CHARLES PERRY: CRITICIZES PRESIDENT ON PLANS FOR 'EXECUTIVE AMNESTY'

Today, Senator Charles Perry criticized President Barack Obama on his unlawful decision to push “executive amnesty” in the near future. Additionally, he filed SB 185 to put an end to sanctuary cities that encourage illegal immigration to the State of Texas.

From Senator Charles Perry


November 17, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUILDERS: INSTALL SENIOR OFFICER

The Texas Association of Builders installed its slate of 2015 Senior Officers at its Excellence in Leadership Dinner inside the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas on November 14. The Honorable Travis Clardy conducted the installation ceremony.

From Texas Association of Builders


November 17, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUILDERS: HONOR AWARD WINNERS

The Texas Association of Builders hosted its Hall of Honor Ceremony and bestowed its 2014 “Of the Year” Awards at the prestigious Excellence in Leadership Dinner inside the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas on November 14.

From Texas Association of Builders


November 17, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: FILES HB 280 TO INCREASE GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY

State Representative Ron Simmons filed House Bill 280 to require information regarding the use of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) to be posted on the Texas Water Development Board's (TWDB) website.

From Representative Ron Simmons


November 17, 2014

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: PUBLISHERS AGREE TO REMOVE CLIMATE CHANGE DENIALISM FROM TEXAS TEXTBOOKS

Publishers have agreed to correct or remove inaccurate passages promoting climate change denialism from new social studies textbooks proposed for Texas public schools, a coalition of science and education groups announced this afternoon.

From Texas Freedom Network


November 17, 2014

LOIS KOLKHORST CAMPAIGN: COMPTROLLER-ELECT GLENN HEGAR TO HEADLINE HUGE KOLKHORST SENATE EVENT

The Lois Kolkhorst Campaign today announced that Comptroller-Elect Glenn Hegar will be the special guest at a multi-county reception for her campaign on Wednesday.

From Lois Kolkhorst Campaign


November 17, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE HENRY CUELLAR: RELEASES LATEST FBI STATISTICS SHOWING LOWER MURDER RATES ON BORDER THAN TEXAS, NATIONAL AVERAGES

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) today released a compilation of the latest statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigations that show a lower murder rate in cities along the Texas-Mexico border than in other major cities across the nation and the State of Texas.

From Representative Henry Cuellar


November 17, 2014

KONNI BURTON CAMPAIGN: SENATOR-ELECT BURTON ANNOUNCES TOP STATE HIRES

Texas State Senator-Elect Konni Burton today announced the hiring of senior staff members to her new Senate office. Burton will be sworn in this coming January after winning the highest profile legislative race in Texas.

From Konni Burton Campaign


November 17, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: STATE AGENCY COLLECTS UNCLAIMED PROPERTY

As the Holiday Season approaches, I'm sure we would all appreciate a few extra dollars in our pocket. Some extra money may be in your future if you have unclaimed property. Nearly 1 in 4 Texans have unclaimed property.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


November 17, 2014

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: CELEBRATES DEBUT OF NEW OIL AND GAS MOBILE CLASSROOM AT COASTAL BEND COLLEGE

Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, on Thursday (Nov. 13) joined state, local and Coastal Bend College officials in celebrating the debut of the college's new mobile Process Technology trailer, which will provide hands-on experience for students interested in pursuing careers in the oil and gas industry.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


November 17, 2014

LOIS KOLKHORST CAMPAIGN: ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENT OF THIRTEEN SD 18 GOP COUNTY CHAIRS

The Lois Kolkhorst Campaign today announced the endorsement of 13 individuals currently serving as Republican Party County Chairmen in SD 18. The endorsements come on the heels of Governor Rick Perry’s proclamation declaring a special election for SD 18.

From Lois Kolkhorst Campaign


November 17, 2014

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: HOSTS OIL AND GAS REGULATION OPEN HOUSE

Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, and Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt, R-Lexington, on Thursday (Nov. 13) hosted constituents at an open house in Kenedy so they could ask state agency officials questions about state laws and regulations impacting the Eagle Ford Shale.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


November 17, 2014

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION: STATE TECHNOLOGY AGENCY WINS AUSTIN AWARD

On November 16, The Austin American-Statesman named the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) one of the top workplaces in Austin for 2014. The award is a measure of employee satisfaction and engagement.

From Texas Department of Information Resources


November 17, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY ANNOUNCES DECEMBER 6 SPECIAL ELECTION FOR SENATE DISTRICT 18

Gov. Rick Perry today set Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, as the special election date to fill the Texas State Senate District 18 seat, vacated by Sen. Glenn Hegar, who was elected to serve as Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

From Office of the Governor


November 17, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JOSE MENENDEZ: CONGRATULATES CITY OF SAN ANTONIO FOR BEING SELECTED AS A 2018 HOST CITY FOR THE NCAA MEN'S FINAL FOUR BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Yesterday the City of San Antonio was selected to host the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four Collegiate Basketball Tournament. This major sporting event is expected to generate $250 million in economic impact.

From Representative Jose Menendez


November 17, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: DON'T MESS WITH THE INTERNET

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today spoke at the Capital Factory in Austin, Texas about the future of the Internet. “Today, with the Internet, anyone can put up a website, get a PayPal account, get FedEx, and you have nationwide distribution,” said Sen. Cruz.

From Senator Ted Cruz


November 14, 2014

SENATORS JOSE RODRIGUEZ AND SYLVIA GARCIA: TO HOST SENATE HISPANIC CAUCUS REGIONAL SUMMIT IN HOUSTON

Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus (SHC) Chairman José Rodriguez and Vice Chair Sylvia R. Garcia will host the fifth SHC regional summit in Houston on Saturday, Nov. 15th. The summit will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HCC Southeast College campus (6815 Rustic St., Houston, TX 77087).

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


November 14, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE SENFRONIA THOMPSON: FILES BILL TO GIVE NORTH FOREST CITIZENS STRONGER VOICE ON HOUSTON ISD SCHOOL BOARD

State Representative Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) filed House Bill 289 to expand the Houston Independent School District's Board (HISD) to 17 Members.

From Representative Senfronia Thompson


November 14, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE GARNET COLEMAN: URGES PRESIDENT OBAMA TO USE EXECUTIVE ORDER TO ADDRESS IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

According to reports, President Obama will issue an executive order to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States. Representative Garnet F. Coleman (D - Houston) wrote a letter to the President in August urging him to take this action. See below and attached:

From Representative Garnet Coleman


November 14, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: NEW VIDEO: NO NET TAX. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following video opposing the Internet sales tax in advance of his speech in Austin, Texas, this afternoon on an agenda to protect the Internet.

From Senator Ted Cruz


November 14, 2014

GLENN HEGAR CAMPAIGN: COMPTROLLER ELECT GLENN HEGAR ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION FROM STATE SENATE

The Glenn Hegar Campaign announced today that State Senator Glenn Hegar has notified Governor Rick Perry of his intent to resign from the office of Senator for the 18th Senatorial District effective Friday, December 5, 2014.

From Glenn Hegar Campaign


November 14, 2014

OFFICE OF PUBLIC INSURANCE COUNCIL: ANNUAL HMO REPORTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

The Office of Public Insurance Counsel (OPIC) has released its annual HMO reports: Comparing Texas HMOs 2014 and Guide to Texas HMO Quality: 2014.

From Office of the Public Insurance Council


November 14, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: APPOINTED TO CHAIR SUNSET OIG WORKGROUP

Late yesterday at the Sunset Advisory Commission hearing, Chair Jane Nelson appointed Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa as Chairman of a workgroup to study the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to review and recommend changes to the current system used to investigate fraud in healthcare provider claims.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


November 13, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: 3 THINGS ABBOTT CAN DO - RIGHT NOW

Election margin aside, Greg Abbott enters office wearing the brand of a harsh and divisive partisan who has ignored ethical boundaries to help his friends and donors.

From Lone Star Project


November 13, 2014

PAUL BETTENCOURT CAMPAIGN: SENATOR ELECT BETTENCOURT FILES FIRST PROPERTY TAX RELIEF BILL

Senator-elect Paul Bettencourt (SD 7) filed his 1st bill of the 84th session. SB 182 provides property tax relief to hard-pressed homeowners and business owners in the State of Texas by cutting the property tax rollback rate in half.

From Paul Bettencourt Campaign


November 13, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: TEXAS JOBS AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES TO KEEP STATE ECONOMY STRONG, WORKFORCE COMPETITIVE

The Texas Association of Business (TAB) today unveiled the group’s 2015 Jobs Agenda – a multi-faceted series of priorities for the 2015 Legislative Session that are key to the state’s long-term growth and economic prosperity.

From Texas Association of Business


November 13, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS TO APPOINT BOARD OF MANAGERS FOR REVOKED HONORS ACADEMY CHARTER

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has informed leadership at Honors Academy of his decision to appoint a board of managers for the liquidation of assets and other specific issues related to the revocation and closure of Honors Academy and the seven campuses operating under the charter as public, accredited schools.

From Texas Education Agency


November 13, 2014

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: NEW REPORT SHOWS BENEFITS OF TWO-GENERATION STRATEGIES COULD HELP MORE THAN ONE MILLION LOW-INCOME TEXAS FAMILIES

More than 1 in 10 American low-income families with young children live in Texas, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and innovative approaches that support parents and children simultaneously could prove especially beneficial in the Lone Star State.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


November 13, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: FILES EDUCATION LEGISLATION AIMED AT PREPARING OUR FUTURE WORKFORCE

Senator José Rodríguez filed two key bills that would maintain cutting edge dual-language education and ensure the state invests in students with Limited English Proficiency, who are crucial to Texas' long-term economic future.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


November 13, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE TONY DALE: FILES E-VERIFY LEGISLATION TO SECURE TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND JOBS FOR TEXANS

From Representative Tony Dale


November 13, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JEFF LEACH AND SENATOR-ELECT VAN TAYLOR: FILE "OPENING ACCESS TO WATER ACT"

On the first day to pre-file legislation, current State Representative and Senator-elect Van Taylor and Representative Jeff Leach pre-filed the "Opening Access to Water Act" as their first pieces of legislation for the 84th Legislative Session.

From Representative Jeff Leach and Senator-Elect Van Taylor


November 13, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON NET NEUTRALITY

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement following President Obama’s recent decision to push for the reclassification of the Internet as a utility: “Texas’ strong economy owes a lot to regulatory certainty and major private investments in critical technology infrastructure.

From Office of the Governor


November 13, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: FILES BILLS TO PROTECT WORKERS AND SUPPORT GOOD EMPLOYERS

Senator José Rodríguez filed five bills to protect Texas workers from unfair employment practices and dangerous working conditions. This package of bills would specifically discourage wage theft and employer retaliation, as well as ensure safer working conditions and injury coverage in the construction industry.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


November 12, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: FINDING COMMON GROUND ABOUT WHAT'S UNDERGROUND

Last week’s election was remarkable for many reasons, including the decision by Denton residents to ban hydraulic fracturing in their community.

From Texas Railroad Commission


November 12, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE SENFRONIA THOMPSON: FILES LEGISLATION TO REDUCE THE PENALTY FOR SMALL AMOUNTS OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

Today, State Representative Senfronia Thompson (D- Houston) filed House Bill 253 and 254 which will reduce the penalty for individuals found in possession of small amounts of controlled substances to provide fairness and help reduce prison and jail overcrowding.

From Representative Senfronia Thompson


November 12, 2014

SENATOR KEL SELIGER: FILES BILLS IMPROVING EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY

Today, State Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) filed Senate Bills 176 and 177 - two bills that address the importance of accountability and good governance in education.

From Senator Kel Seliger


November 12, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE MARY GONZALEZ: JOINS WITH GENERATION PROGRESS TO TACKLE MILLENNIAL ECONOMIC ENGAGEMENT

Representative Mary E. González will be co-sponsoring the first ever Young Leaders Economic Summit this Thursday, November 13th, with Generation Progress at the Texas State Capitol.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez


November 12, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: RICH PARSONS JOINS RAILROAD COMMISSION AS COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Railroad Commission names Rich Parsons communications director effective today. Parsons comes to the Railroad Commission from Gov. Rick Perry’s office, where he has served as Deputy Director of Communications since March 2013. Before joining the Governor’s Office, Parsons served as Director of Communications for the Texas Secretary of State; Vice President for Public Affairs for Hahn Public Communications; and Press Secretary and Senior Advisor for the Lt. Governor.

From Texas Railroad Commission


November 12, 2014

SENATOR CHARLES PERRY: FILES BILL TO ELIMINATE CUMBERSOME CHL REQUIREMENT

Today, Senator Charles Perry filed S.B. 179, common sense legislation that reduces the minimum caliber training requirement for concealed handgun licensing testing from .32 to .22 caliber. “As a strong advocate for Second Amendment rights, I am always looking for ways to simplify handgun licensing and make access easier for all,” said Senator Charles Perry.

From Senator Charles Perry


November 12, 2014

CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS OF TEXAS PAC: ENDORSES LOIS KOLKHORST FOR TEXAS SENATE, DISTRICT 18

Conservative Republicans of Texas has endorsed Lois Kolkhorst, conservative Republican candidate for Texas Senate District 18, the seat being vacated by Glenn Hegar, which includes over five thousand square miles of rural Texas, from the Brazos Valley to the Coastal Plains.

From Conservative Republicans of Texas PAC


November 12, 2014

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SUNSET ADVISORY COMMISSION DISCUSSES RECENT RECOMMENDATIONS

The Sunset Advisory Commission, chaired by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today began deliberations on Sunset staff recommendations for reforms to agencies undergoing Sunset reviews, including the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC); Health and Human Services cross-agency issues; the Office of Inspector General (OIG); and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

From Senator Jane Nelson


November 12, 2014

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: SCIENCE, EDUCATION ADVOCATES CALL ON PUBLISHERS TO REMOVE CLIMATE CHANGE DENIALISM FROM NEW TEXTBOOKS

Science and education advocates are calling on leading national publishers to revise proposed new social studies textbooks that include inaccurate and misleading information on climate science and promote climate change denialism. The Texas State Board of Education this month is considering the new textbooks, which could subsequently end up in schools across the country.

From Texas Freedom Network


November 12, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: ASKS EPA TO WITHDRAW ITS "WATERS OF THE U.S." PROPOSAL

The Texas Association of Business (TAB) today joined with more than 300 trade associations and chambers from 50 states representing a wide range of industries to voice strong concerns with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ flawed proposed rule to dramatically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land uses across the U.S. and called for the proposal to be withdrawn.

From Texas Association of Business


November 12, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: ANNOUNCES NEW COMMUNICATIONS STAFF

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today announced new staff roles and hires in his U.S. Senate D.C. press office. He has named Phil Novack deputy press secretary and Jack Minor deputy digital director. He recently promoted Amanda Carpenter to communications director. Following is brief background of Sen. Cruz’s communications staff.

From Senator Ted Cruz


November 12, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS: TOP 10 POLICY PRIORITIES

The Texas Association of Manufacturers today released its “TAM Top Ten,” which details the association’s policy priorities for next year. “Manufacturing is a driving force of our economy and a wide range of policy issues can impact our ability to grow jobs,” said Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers.

From Texas Association of Manufacturers


November 12, 2014

GLASSHOUSE POLICY: NEW STUDY: BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY THAN SINGLE-PARTY BILLS TO ACHIEVE PASSAGE IN TEXAS LEGISLATURE

Of the bills introduced during the 83rd Texas Legislative Session,bills coauthored with bipartisan support were four times more likely to be enrolled–to passthrough both chambers and the Governor’s desk–than bills with single party support.

From Glasshouse Policy


November 12, 2014

TEXANS CARE FOR CHILDREN: SUNSET COMMISSION SHOULD OPPOSE CREATION OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES MEGA-AGENCY

As the state’s Sunset Commission members meet today for a hearing on Sunset staff recommendations, Texans Care for Children is calling on the Commission to oppose their staff recommendation to consolidate the state’s health and human services agencies into a single mega-agency.

From Texans Care for Children


November 12, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JEFF LEACH: PRE-FILES INITIAL LEGISLATION IN ADVANCE OF 84TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION

This week, State Representative Jeff Leach pre-filed his initial legislative package in advance of the 84th Legislative Session, which convenes on January 13, 2015.

From Representative Jeff Leach


November 12, 2014

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NURSE PRACTITIONERS: 2015 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR NATIONAL NP WEEK

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) – the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners or NPs in the country – marks National NP Week (November 9-15) with the announcement of AANP's 2015 policy priorities.

From American Association of Nurse Practitioners


November 12, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE SENFRONIA THOMPSON: FILES HOUSE BILL 240

Representative Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) filed House Bill 240 today to create specialty license plates for recipients of the Soldier's Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Airman’s Medal, and Coast Guard Medal.

From Representative Senfronia Thompson


November 11, 2014

TEXAS NURSE PRACTITIONERS: NURSE PRACTITIONERS - VALUABLE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS

This week is National Nurse Practitioner (NP) Week and time to celebrate a valuable, yet underutilized healthcare provider. In Texas, there are roughly 13,000 highly educated, seasoned NP professionals. We are first and foremost registered nurses with between 600 and 750 clinical hours at the undergraduate level.

From Texas Nurse Practitioners


November 11, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST HONORS OUR VETERANS WITH KEYNOTE ADDRESS

This morning, Lt. Governor Dewhurst delivered the keynote address for the annual Dallas Veterans Day Parade. Lt. Governor Dewhurst, a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, comes from a long line of veterans including his father, Lieutenant Colonel David Dewhurst Jr., who flew 85 combat missions over Europe, including a decisive air strike on Utah Beach before the D-Day invasion. The theme of this year’s parade was "Honoring Our Wounded Veterans".

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


November 11, 2014

TDP: CHAIR GILBERTO HINOJOSA'S STATEMENT HONORING VETERANS

In honor of Veterans Day, Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement: “On behalf of all Texas Democrats, I would like to say thank you to our nation’s veterans and their families. Today, we honor the courage and service of the men and women who protect our freedom.

From Texas Democratic Party


November 11, 2014

COMMITTEE ON DEFENSE AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS: STATEMENT BY CHAIRMAN MENENDEZ ON VETERANS DAY

State Representative José Menéndez, Chairman of the House Committee on Defense and Veterans' Affairs issued the following statement to commemorate Veterans Day: "Today is Veterans Day. A day set aside to honor our nation's heroes. Those who answer the call to military service, demonstrate acts of valor, bravery, and consequence.

From Committee on Defense and Veterans' Affairs


November 11, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT ON VETERANS DAY

On this Veteran’s Day, my deepest gratitude goes to the men and women who put themselves on the line for our national ideals of freedom, equality and opportunity, and to the families who stand with them. Much is asked and much is given, and we honor all the sacrifices made.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


November 11, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE ARMANDO "MANDO" MARTINEZ: ANNOUNCES DESIGNATION OF BUSINESS 83 HIGHWAY IN HIDALGO AND CAMERON COUNTIES AS PART OF PURPLE HEART TRAIL

State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) today announced the designation of Business 83 in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties as part of the Purple Heart Trail and challenged the community and elected officials to donate to the costs of erecting memorial highway signs.

From Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez


November 11, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: THE SPIRIT OF COURAGE LIVES IN TEXAS

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following message in commemoration of Veterans Day: Ninety-six years ago, young men from the states of Texas and Oklahoma who had no combat experience, were deployed to France and soon thrust into one of the bloodiest battles of World War One – known as the Hundreds Days Offensive.

From Senator Ted Cruz


November 11, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON VETERANS DAY

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement to mark Veterans Day: “Throughout its history, our nation has been blessed with generations of brave men and women willing to stand on the line between us and our enemies and declare ‘Not on my watch.’

From Office of the Governor


November 11, 2014

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: 'OUR RELATIONSHIP BECAME CLOSER'

An Austin woman drew closer to her Purple Heart-recipient grandfather after nearly seven decades of relative silence about his World War II service.

From Texas General Land Office


November 11, 2014

SENATOR SENFRONIA THOMPSON: FILES HOUSE BILL 187 TEXAS EQUAL PAY BILL

Today, State Representative Senfronia Thompson (D- Houston) filed House Bill 187, the Texas Equal Pay Bill. This bill will allow equal pay cases to be heard not only in federal courts, but in state courts as well.

From Senator Senfronia Thompson


November 11, 2014

SENATOR SENFRONIA THOMPSON: FILES HOUSE BILL 186 PROVIDING FOR PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Today, State Representative Senfronia Thompson (D- Houston) filed House Bill 186 which would make free prekindergarten programs available in public schools for all children who are four years of age.

From Senator Senfronia Thompson


November 11, 2014

SENATOR SENFRONIA THOMPSON: FILES HOUSE BILL 188 TO CONTINUE THE TEXAS HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION TASK FORCE

Today, State Representative Senfronia Thompson (D- Houston) filed House Bill 188, which provides for the continuation of the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force for another two years.

From Senator Senfronia Thompson


November 11, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: FILES LEGISLATION TO CREATE A TEXAS RESIDENT DRIVER'S PERMIT

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (SD20- McAllen), along with joint-authors Senator Jose Rodriguez (SD 29- El Paso) and Senator Sylvia Garcia (SD 6- Houston), filed Senate Bill 132 today to create a Texas resident driver's permit.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


November 11, 2014

SENATOR SENFRONIA THOMPSON: FILES HOUSE BILL 189: TO ELMINATE THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR THE OFFENSES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT

Today, State Representative Senfronia Thompson (D- Houston) filed House Bill 188, which would eliminate the statute of limitations for the offenses of sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault.

From Senator Senfronia Thompson


November 11, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: VIA BOARD TO BE ELECTED BY VOTERS UNDER SEN. CAMPBELL BILL

On the first day of pre-filing for the 84th Legislature, State Senator Donna Campbell filed legislation to hold VIA Board members accountable to the voters, changing membership from an appointed position to an elected position.

From Senator Donna Campbell


November 10, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE RUTH JONES MCCLENDON: FILES BILL TO CREATE TIMOTHY COLE EXONERATION COMMISSION

State Representative Ruth Jones McClendon (D-San Antonio, District 120) has filed H.B. 48, continuing the fight to end wrongful convictions.

From Representative Ruth Jones McClendon


November 10, 2014

SENATOR KEL SELIGER: FILES BILL TO ADDRESS HIGH STAKES TESTING

Today, State Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) filed Senate Bill 149, which creates review committees for high school students who pass the necessary coursework for graduation but fail one of the required STAAR exams.

From Senator Kel Seliger


November 10, 2014

SENTOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE: APPLAUDS NEW VETERANS MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING

Today, as our nation honors its heroic veterans and their families, State Senator Leticia Van de Putte applauded the announcement of $1 million in state funding for veterans mental health care.

From Senator Leticia Van De Putte


November 10, 2014

SENATOR KEL SELIGER: FILES BILL TO FUND CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Today, State Senator and Chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee, Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) filed Senate Bill 150. SB 150 provides funding for 64 construction and renovation projects at Texas public universities, technical colleges, and public state colleges at a cost of $2.86 billion.

From Senator Kel Seliger


November 10, 2014

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: PRE-FILES 31 BILLS FOR 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, today pre-filed the first 31 Senate Bills of the 84th Texas Legislative Session that will convene on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


November 10, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE RICK MILLER: WINS SECOND TERM IN TEXAS HOUSE

On Tuesday, Rick Miller was re-elected to serve his second term in the Texas House of Representatives. First elected in November 2012, Representative Miller has been proud to serve the people of District 26, stating that "It is a privilege and an honor to represent the vibrant and diverse citizens in District 26."

From Representative Rick Miller


November 10, 2014

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: FILES LANDMARK TAX RELIEF FOR SMALL BUSINESS

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) filed SB 134, also known as the Small Business Tax Relief Act. If passed, SB 134 will establish a permanent $5 million total revenue exemption from the state's business franchise tax and provide critical tax relief for tens of thousands of Texas businesses.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


November 10, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE TONY DALE: FILES LEGISLATION TO AWARD TEXAS PURPLE HEART MEDAL TO THE VICTIMS OF THE NOVEMBER 5, 2009 TERRORIST ATTACK AT FORT HOOD

Today State Representative Tony Dale (R-HD136) filed House Bill 115

From Representative Tony Dale


November 10, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: FILES FIRST BILLS OF 84TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, STOP BALLOT FRAUD

Just days after winning reelection to the Texas Senate, State Senator Donna Campbell wasted no time backing up her promise to defend the constitutional rights of Texans with her first bills of the 84th Legislature.

From Senator Donna Campbell


November 10, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: JOINS COLLEAGUES IN FILING MARRIAGE EQUALITY LEGISLATION

Today, Senator José Rodríguez joined colleagues in the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives in pre-filing legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry in Texas.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


November 10, 2014

SENATOR CHARLES PERRY: FILES FIRST BILLS AS A STATE SENATOR

Today, Senator Charles Perry filed his first pieces of legislation as state senator. The series of bills and Constitutional Amendments focus on fiscal responsibility, reducing taxes, and eliminating government waste.

From Senator Charles Perry


November 10, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: PRE-FILES LEGISLATION FOR UPCOMING SESSION

Today, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa filed 14 senate bills on the first day of the 84th Texas Legislature pre-filing period. Senator Hinojosa's early round of bills focus on jobs, public health and safety, civil liberties, criminal justice, and fiscal accountability.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


November 10, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE MARY GONZALEZ: HITS THE GROUND RUNNING FOR SOPHOMORE SESSION

Representative Mary E. González is ahead of the curve heading into her sophomore legislative session. On the first day of pre-filing, Rep. González has already filed over twenty pieces of legislation that demonstrate her continued commitment to the issues facing El Paso County and a vision for a better future for all Texans.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez


November 10, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DAN FLYNN: SUBMITS BILLS FOR EARLY FILING

Today, Representative Dan Flynn filed bills in early filing for the January 84th Legislative Session. "Today we filed bills that support the free exercise of faith, family, and freedom," said Representative Flynn.

From Representative Dan Flynn


November 10, 2014

TEXAS DPS: STATEMENT BY DPS DIRECTOR MCCRAW ON VETERANS DAY

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw today issued the following statement regarding Veterans Day: “Throughout American history, millions have answered the call of duty to serve in the United States military and committed their lives to protecting this great country against all threats. Each and every U.S. citizen owes their freedom and safety to these courageous heroes.

From Texas DPS


November 10, 2014

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: FILES VOTING LEGISLATION FOR THE 84TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Senator Sylvia Garcia (SD-6) filed legislation for the upcoming 84th Legislative Session today, the first day legislators may do so. In response to the poor voter turnout in the recent election, Senator Garcia filed three bills related to voter education and participation.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


November 10, 2014

GOVERNOR RICK PERRY, LT. GOV. DAVID DEWHURST, SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: TEXAS LEADERS LAUNCH NEW EFFORT TO HELP VETERANS

Texas leaders are committing more than $1 million in state support for an innovative pilot program that will address Texas veterans’ mental health needs.

From Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Speaker Joe Straus


November 10, 2014

VAN TAYLOR CAMPAIGN: SENATOR-ELECT VAN TAYLOR PRE-FILES COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION PACKAGE

Current Plano State Representative and Senator-elect Van Taylor, today pre-filed eleven bills addressing concerns brought to him by constituents during the interim.

From Van Taylor Campaign


November 10, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE GARNET COLEMAN: FILES REPEAL OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN

On Monday, November 10, Representative Garnet F. Coleman (D – Houston) re-filed his constitutional amendment (HJR – 34) to repeal the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

From Representative Garnet Coleman


November 10, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: STATEMENT ON NET NEUTRALITY

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today posted the following statement on Facebook in response to President Obama’s request for the Federal Communications Commission to unilaterally enact net neutrality rules:

From Senator Ted Cruz


November 10, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE CELIA ISRAEL: FILES ELECTRONIC VOTER REGISTRATION LEGISLATION

Registering to vote could soon become something Texans do on their smart phones, tablets, or PCs. Today, Representative Celia Israel (HD 50 - Austin) kept her promise to author an electronic voter registration bill as her first piece of legislation, filling HB 76.

From Representative Celia Israel


November 10, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE TOM CRADDICK: FILES TEXTING AND DRIVING BAN BILL

Rep. Tom Craddick (Midland) filed House Bill 80, the Alex Brown Memorial Act, to address an important traffic safety issue by implementing a statewide ban on texting while driving.

From Representative Tom Craddick


November 10, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: CHANGING POLITICAL LANDSCAPE

Last week's elections mean big changes are in store for Texas politics. Statewide, voters continued to show a preference for Republican candidates, but what's different is that many of our statewide elected officials will be new to their jobs.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


November 10, 2014

TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING: NORMAN ROY GARZA, JR. NEW JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

From Norman Roy Garza, Jr.


November 10, 2014

SENATOR JANE NELSON: PRE-FILES LEGISLATION FOR 84TH SESSION

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, filed 9 bills this morning on the first day to pre-file legislation for the 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, which reconvenes from January 13, 2015 to June 1, 2015.

From Senator Jane Nelson


November 10, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE RESPONDS TO INQUIRIES REGARDING HER FUTURE PUBLIC SERVICE

Following a number of press inquiries regarding her future public service, Senator Leticia Van de Putte released the following statement: “It is always an honor to work for Texas families. For over 20 years, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve the good people of San Antonio and Texas.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


November 10, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE KEVIN BRADY: THE BEST WAY TO GET RID OF A BAD LAW IS TO ENFORCE IT

Today, the US Supreme Court announced it will hear a key lawsuit over subsidies in the President’s Affordable Care Act. “The best way to get rid of a bad law is to enforce it,” said U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady, who chairs the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee.

From Representative Kevin Brady


November 10, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE GARNET COLEMAN: STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT

On Friday, November 7, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear Halbig v. Burwell, a case that could have major implications for residents in states without a state-based health insurance exchange.

From Representative Garnet Coleman


November 7, 2014

TEXAS VALUES: MARRIAGE VICTORY: FIRST FEDERAL APPEALS COURT REJECTS REDEFINITION EFFORT

The Sixth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals (Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio) today reversed numerous lower court rulings and upheld state marriage laws defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

From Texas Values


November 7, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: SHC CHAIRMAN RODRIGUEZ: COURT RIGHTLY DISMISSES ATTEMPT TO FORCE UNCONSTITUTIONAL TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT BOUNDARIES ON STATE RESIDENTS

Senator José Rodríguez, chairman of the Senate Hispanic Caucus, said Thursday that the dismissal by the Federal Western District Court of Texas the plaintiff's claims in Evenwell v. Perry brings to an end an argument that was frivolous from the outset.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


November 6, 2014

TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD: ADOPTS SWIFT RULES

At a Board meeting held today in Austin, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) adopted the final rules for the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT). The application process for SWIFT funding is now officially open.

From Texas Water Development Board


November 6, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DEBBIE RIDDLE: WINS SEVENTH TERM IN TEXAS HOUSE

On Tuesday Debbie Riddle was elected to her seventh term in the Texas House of Representatives. First elected in a special election in 2002, Representative Riddle has been proud to serve the people of District 150 for the last 12 years. She expressed her gratitude.

From Representative Debbie Riddle


November 6, 2014

PAUL BETTENCOURT CAMPAIGN: BETTENCOURT PREPARED TO START WORK EARLY

Paul Bettencourt, State Senator-Elect, wasted no time in announcing that he has assembled his staff and has pronounced his squad ready for duty. “Public service is a team sport and Team Bettencourt is ready to take the field,” said Senator-Elect Bettencourt. “I have learned that behind every great elected official is an even greater team.”

From Paul Bettencourt Campaign


November 6, 2014

HISPANIC REPUBLICANS OF TEXAS: ANNOUNCE CANDIDATE VICTORIES ACROSS THE STATE

The Hispanic Republicans of Texas (HRT) PAC recruited and encouraged candidates across the state to run for office this election year. HRT endorsed over 40 candidates for various offices.

From Hispanic Republicans of Texas


November 6, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF TEXAS JOURNAL CLERK JULIA BASS

"Julie and I are deeply saddened that we have lost a cherished member of our House family and an outstanding public servant. Julia Bass loved the Texas House, and for 20 years she approached her work in our chamber with grace, dedication and unrelenting professionalism.

From Speaker Joe Straus


November 6, 2014

CHILDREN'S DEFENSE FUND-TEXAS: NUMBER OF TEXAS CHILDREN WITHOUT HEALTH COVERAGE NEARING 1 MILLION

A new report by a Georgetown University research center found the number of uninsured children in Texas declined by 4.4 percent between 2008 and 2013. Yet the Lone Star state still has the second highest rate of uninsured children in the country at 12.6%--or nearly 890,000 kids.

From Children's Defense Fund- Texas


November 5, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: RAILROAD COMMISSIONERS COMMENT ON DENTON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING BAN VOTE

Below are statements from the three Railroad Commissioners on the vote to ban the well stimulation technique in the City of Denton: Chairman Christi Craddick said, “While the ballot measure that passed in Denton is unfortunate, I expect that real facts and common sense will ultimately prevail. The charges delegated to the Railroad Commission of Texas are to manage the safe and responsible production of our state’s natural resources.

From Texas Railroad Commission


November 5, 2014

TEXAS FARM BUREAU: TEXAS WATER, PROPERTY RIGHTS TOP ISSUES FOR TEXAS FARM BUREAU MEMBERS

Brackish water, property rights and fertilizer regulations took center stage as the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Resolutions Committee discussed proposed policy changes for the state's largest farm organization Nov. 3-4.

From Texas Farm Bureau


November 5, 2014

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: PATTERSON CHALLENGES DENTON FRACK BAN IN COURT

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson wasted no time in challenging an unconstitutional ban on hydraulic fracturing approved by Denton voters Tuesday. By 7:51 a.m. Wednesday, attorneys for Patterson had filed a lawsuit in Travis County courts seeking a permanent injunction against the “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable” prohibition.

From Texas General Land Office


November 5, 2014

TED CRUZ CAMPAIGN: SEN. CRUZ: WE FIRED HARRY REID AND MADE OBAMA A LAME DUCK

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement in reaction to GOP victories across the nation: "Last night we saw a historic victory as voters gave Republicans the largest majority in decades in Congress.

From Ted Cruz Campaign


November 5, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: DON'T ENABLE OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE AMNESTY IN LAME DUCK

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today sent a letter to Sen. Harry Reid, D-NV, the outgoing Senate Majority Leader, signed by Sens. Mike Crapo, R-ID; Mike Lee, R-UT; Pat Roberts, R-KS; Jeff Sessions, R-AL; and David Vitter, R-LA expressing opposition to President Obama’s announced intention to take unilateral executive action by the end of this year to lawlessly grant amnesty to immigrants who have entered the country illegally.

From Senator Ted Cruz


November 5, 2014

TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION: ON PASSAGE OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING BAN IN DENTON

The Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) is disappointed to see voters in Denton pass a ban on hydraulic fracturing. Many of the wells in Denton cannot be produced without hydraulic fracturing, so a ban denies many mineral interest owners the right to gain value from their property, despite the State’s public policy in favor of developing natural resources.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


November 5, 2014

TEXANS UNITING FOR REFORM & FREEDOM: WITH PROP 1 PASSAGE, TIME TO FIX US 281 WITHOUT TOLLS

It's been a long battle, more like a ten year war, over converting US 281 in San Antonio into a tollway, but with passage of Proposition 1 shifting $1.7 billion in oil and gas severance taxes immediately into the state highway fund, the 'we're out of money' excuse to toll this freeway just got chucked.

From Texans Uniting for Reform & Freedom


November 5, 2014

TEXAS PETITION STRATEGIES: NOV. 2014--88% WINS FOR TEXAS PETITION STRATEGIES

Texas Petition Strategies (TPS) won 15 of their 17 local option alcohol elections last night scoring wins in 2 of the most controversial and watched races, a narrow loss in another, and a resounding victory in the largest effort in Texas this year.

From Texas Petition Strategies


November 5, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF TEXAS' CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT FOR TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

Today, voters approved the statewide ballot proposition for a constitutional amendment to fund transportation infrastructure maintenance and improvements. Currently, the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF) receives 75 percent of the state’s annual oil and gas production tax collections that exceed the amount collected in fiscal year 1987, when it was created.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


November 5, 2014

TEXANS UNITING FOR REFORM & FREEDOM: ANTI-TOLL CANDIDATES SWEEP KEY RACES IN TEXAS

Texas taxpayers have been tormented for more than a decade when it comes to transportation and toll roads, and their torment is finally coming to an end. With the strong win by Greg Abbott, Texans will soon have a new governor who actually campaigned against toll roads.

From Texans Uniting for Reform & Freedom


November 5, 2014

JOHN RATCLIFFE CAMPAIGN: RATCLIFFE HEADED TO WASHINGTON TO REPRESENT 4TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS

John Ratcliffe officially became the Congressman-elect for the 4th Congressional District of Texas on Tuesday night. With the formality of his unopposed general election win behind him, Ratcliffe now sets his sights on being sworn in as a member of the 114th United States Congress in early January.

From John Ratcliffe Campaign


November 5, 2014

PETE GALLEGO CAMPAIGN: GALLEGO CONCEDES IN HARD FOUGHT TX23 RACE

Moments ago, Congressman Pete Gallego called Will Hurd to concede the TX23 race. The following is a statement from Pete Gallego: "As a parent, there are certain core values I want my son to learn. One of them is honesty. Another is good manners. I believe in being gracious at all times - gracious in victory; gracious in defeat.

From Pete Gallego Campaign


November 5, 2014

ANNIE'S LIST: TO CONTINUE TO ENGAGE TEXAS WOMEN

Annie's List Interim Executive Director Patsy Woods Martin released the following statement regarding tonight's election results: "We are proud to have supported more endorsed candidates in a single cycle than ever before. We also had two women running at the top of the Democratic ticket – a first for Texas.

From Annie's List


November 5, 2014

RICK PERRY CAMPAIGN: GOV. RICK PERRY STATEMENT ON REPUBLICAN GAINS

Governor Rick Perry released the following statement on the strong Republican gains across the country tonight: "Conservative policies are working in Texas, and tonight's victories will help to ensure that the pro-job economic principles we have enacted will live on and allow our citizens to thrive and prosper well into the future.

From Rick Perry Campaign


November 5, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: STATEMENT ON ELECTION RESULTS

Battleground Texas Executive Director Jenn Brown issued the following statement regarding tonight’s election results: “We applaud Wendy Davis, Leticia Van de Putte, and the many Democrats who waged strong campaigns this election to represent Texans and their families.

From Battleground Texas


November 5, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT BY ATTORNEY GENERAL ELECT KEN PAXTON

"Tonight Texans made it clear they are ready to continue the fight against President Obama and his administration’s power grab. Voters were given two very different choices for the future of Texas: a state that cozies up to Obama, or one that relentlessly defends against Washington’s out-of-touch policies.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


November 5, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: STATEMENT BY COMMISSIONER DAVID PORTER ON DENTON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING BAN VOTE

The following statement can be attributed to Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter on the passage of the City of Denton’s Hydraulic Fracturing Ban. "As the senior energy regulator in Texas, I am disappointed that Denton voters fell prey to scare tactics and mischaracterizations of the truth in passing the hydraulic fracturing ban.

From Texas Railroad Commission


November 5, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: STATEMENT ON THIS EVENING'S ELECTION RESULTS

"The Texas House has addressed the state's challenges in a constructive, collaborative way over the last several years. Today's election returns show that Texans support that approach. I want to congratulate all of our returning and incoming Members on their victories, and I look forward to the House providing prudent and effective leadership for our fast-growing state.

From Speaker Joe Straus


November 5, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE THANKS HER SUPPORTERS

Following tonight’s election results, Senator Leticia Van de Putte released the following statement: “I am so fortunate and honored to have had so much support from Texans all across the state. I congratulate Dan Patrick on running a disciplined campaign.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


November 5, 2014

VAN TAYLOR CAMPAIGN: TAYLOR STATEMENT ON SENATE ELECTION VICTORY

Representative Van Taylor today released the following statement after being declared the winner in this evening's election for State Senate District 8, encompassing most of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County.

From Van Taylor Campaign


November 4, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE KEVIN BRADY: NAMES NEW DEPUTY DISTRICT DIRECTOR

U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady has named Catie Fulton Spivey as the new Deputy District Director for the 8th District of Texas . A former aide to Texas Congressman Michael Burgess and Nevada Congressman Joe Heck, Spivey will work closely with local communities, leaders and constituents to identify ways Congressman Brady can help serve them on a wide range of federal issues.

From Representative Kevin Brady


November 4, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: TEAM WENDY VOLUNTEERS LAUNCH FINAL GOTV PUSH WITH 900 ELECTION DAY EVENTS

Team Wendy volunteers will make their final push today to get out the vote to support Wendy Davis, Leticia Van de Putte, and other Democrats around the state with 900 Election Day events. Since Friday, grassroots supporters have hosted more than 4800 events aimed at making sure voters make their voices heard at the ballot box.

From Battleground Texas


November 4, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST CALLS FOR GREATER VOTER PARTICIPATION IN THE 2014 GENERAL ELECTION

Lt. Governor Dewhurst issued the following statement on voting in the 2014 General Election: “I would like to encourage all Texans, regardless of party or political affiliation to cast their ballots in tomorrow’s 2014 General Election.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


November 4, 2014

TASK FORCE ON INFECTIOUS DISEASE PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE: RECOMMENDS GUIDELINES FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS RETURNING FROM EBOLA-ENDEMIC AREAS

Gov. Rick Perry today announced the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response has recommended guidelines for the monitoring of health care workers and others returning to Texas from Ebola-endemic areas in West Africa. The governor has directed Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner Dr. David Lakey to begin implementing these recommendations.

From Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response


November 4, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ON RACIST COMMENTS ABBOTT LIES

Greg Abbott appeared at an event today in Houston and when asked a direct question, he chose to lie. Abbott said he did not know GOP Dallas County Judge candidate Ron Natinsky and had not heard Natinsky's racist comments, even though the two Republicans had appeared on stage together just a few hours earlier.

From Lone Star Project


November 4, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS SIX TO TEXAS EMERGING TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed six members to the Texas Emerging Technology Advisory Committee for terms to expire Sept. 1, 2016. The committee recommends proposals eligible for funding through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund to the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.

From Office of the Governor


November 3, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS CHISUM AND GOODWIN TO TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed T. Tolbert Chisum of Beaumont and J.B. Goodwin of Austin to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA). TDHCA addresses a broad spectrum of housing and community development issues, and oversees titling, licensing, inspection and enforcement of manufactured housing.

From Office of the Governor


November 3, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS GARZA TO TEXAS COMMISSION ON LAW ENFORCEMENT

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Patricia Garza of Olmito to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement for a term to expire Aug. 30, 2019. The commission ensures Texans are served by highly trained and ethical law enforcement and corrections personnel through screening, developing and monitoring resources, and setting standards.

From Office of the Governor


November 3, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: UPGRADING SOUTH TEXAS POWER LINES

Most of the state’s power grid is operated by an agency known as ERCOT, The Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Recently ERCOT has announced plans to upgrade power transmission in our region.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


November 3, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: MORE THAN 400,000 VOTERS

Team Wendy volunteers capped off months of record-breaking grassroots outreach by reaching out to a total of 413,411 voters during their final Get Out the Vote weekend. Heading into Election Day, supporters across the state will host another 900 events today and 900 events tomorrow to ensure voters make their voices heard at the polls.

From Battleground Texas


November 3, 2014

KATHIE GLASS CAMPAIGN: GLASS CONCLUDES CAMPAIGN WITH A FLURRY OF ACTIVITY

Kathie Glass, Libertarian for Texas Governor, finished her campaign for Texas governor with a flurry of activity by campaigning in Austin, San Antonio, and Houston and making guest radio appearances in Lubbock, DFW, and San Marcos.

From Kathie Glass Campaign


November 3, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: 40 DAYS, 40 WAYS DAN PATRICK IS WRONG FOR TEXAS #2: PATRICK REFUSES TO RESPECT EVERY TEXAN

This November, Texans will have the chance to elect Leticia Van de Putte, a proven problem solver, who will fight for all Texans, as their next lieutenant governor. We are 2 days away from the general election. Today, we continue to highlight our top 40 reasons why Dan Patrick is not prepared to lead Texas.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


November 3, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: 'REPUBLICAN LEADERS WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR CORRUPTION AND DISHONESTY'

In a round of weekend television appearances, Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle said Republican leaders will be held accountable for turning their backs on ordinary Texans to reward their friends and donors.

From Lone Star Project


November 3, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: 40 DAYS, 40 WAYS DAN PATRICK IS WRONG FOR TEXAS #3: PATRICK IS THE MAN BEGIND THE MASK

This November, Texans will have the chance to elect Leticia Van de Putte, a proven problem solver, who will fight for all Texans, as their next lieutenant governor. We are 3 days away from the general election. Today, we continue to highlight our top 40 reasons why Dan Patrick is not prepared to lead Texas.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


November 3, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: WHAT TO DO ABOUT NATINSKY'S RACIST COMMENTS?

Sometimes a candidate’s behavior and character are revealed as so offensive and destructive that those who have endorsed them in good faith must withdraw their support.

From Lone Star Project


November 3, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE STATEMENT ON GREG ABBOTT'S REFUSAL TO DENOUNCE RADICAL FRINGE GROUP AFTER MEETING WITH ITS LEADER

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18) issued the following statement after Greg Abbott refused to denounce a radical fringe group after meeting with its leader days before he was arrested by federal authorities:

From Wendy Davis Campaign


October 31, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY GRANTS PARDONS TO FOUR INDIVIDUALS

Gov. Rick Perry today granted full pardons to four individuals after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended such action. Full pardons were granted to:

From Office of the Governor


October 31, 2014

LIBBY WILLIS CAMPAIGN: BURTON LIES AGAIN--THIS TIME ON SCHOOL VOUCHERS

In an interview with KERA aired on Friday morning, SD10 candidate and Tea Party activist Konni Burton ran away from her position on private school vouchers, saying “I’m not looking to go down (to the legislature) and say we absolutely need vouchers. I am not.”

From Libby Willis Campaign


October 31, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: "NO DUTY" TO TEXAS WOMEN

Over the past year, the Lone Star Project has researched and documented one case after another of Greg Abbott and other GOP officials using their public office to take care of friends, donors and political allies – all at the expense of Texas families.

From Lone Star Project


October 31, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS SHAW TO TEXAS JUVENILE JUSTICE BOARD

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Riley Shaw of Fort Worth to the Texas Juvenile Justice Board for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017. The board oversees the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, a state agency that works in coordination with other state and county offices to produce positive outcomes for youths, their families and communities.

From Office of the Governor


October 31, 2014

WAYNE FAIRCLOTH CAMPAIGN: FAIRCLOTH RADIO AD: SUSAN CRISS: JUST LIKE OBAMA

This week the Faircloth campaign released a new radio ad titled "Susan Criss: Just Like Obama." "The new radio ad highlights how there is little difference between Criss and the failed policies of Barack Obama," said Todd Olsen, a spokesman for the Faircloth campaign.

From Wayne Faircloth Campaign


October 31, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: PAXTON'S CRIMES AND CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Ken Paxton has spent most of the 2014 General Election hiding – from the press, from the public and even from most Republican events. He has also done very little campaigning in the form of media advertising or mailings.

From Lone Star Project


October 31, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS RANGEL TO BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Fred Rangel of Huntsville to the Board of Pardons and Paroles for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board makes parole decisions for Texas prison inmates, determines conditions for parole and mandatory supervision and makes recommendations on clemency matters to the governor.

From Office of the Governor


October 31, 2014

EQUALITY TEXAS: MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS PETITION FOR RULES AGAINST BOGUS SEXUAL ORIENTATION CHANGE "THERAPIES"

Mental health professionals representing the five major disciplines filed rulemaking petitions today calling on their state licensing boards to clearly outlaw efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation as violations of the standards of care applicable to their professions and a dangerous fraud on the public.

From Equality Texas


October 31, 2014

TDP: GREG ABBOTT MUST DENOUNCE MILITIA

Attorney General Greg Abbott posed with border militia leader Kevin Lyndel "K.C." Massey just four days before federal authorities arrested Massey on federal weapons charges. Abbott’s campaign declined to say whether the gubernatorial candidate supports the militia group.

From Texas Democratic Party


October 31, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS CORNA AS INJURED EMPLOYEE PUBLIC COUNSEL

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Jessica Corna of Austin as the Injured Employee Public Counsel for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The public counsel helps injured employees in the workers' compensation system, oversees the ombudsman program, and advocates on behalf of injured employees to ensure balance and fairness for all in the system.

From Office of the Governor


October 31, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: ACCOUNTABILITY NEEDED FOR HHS RESPONSE TO EBOLA CRISIS

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, today sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services, joined by all 24 Texas House Republicans expressing concern about how existing public health resources were used in response to the outbreak of Ebola in the United States.

From Senator Ted Cruz


October 31, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: BREAKING: SAEN: MILITIA LEADER POSED WITH GREG ABBOTT FOUR DAYS BEFORE FEDS FOUND AMMONIUM NITRATE, WEAPONS AT HOTEL

"On Wednesday, Chasse declined to say whether Abbott supports the group."

From Wendy Davis Campaign


October 31, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: FROM HARRIS TO BEXAR, TEXAS REPUBLICANS VERY NERVOUS ABOUT EARLY VOTE TURN OUT

Bexar County GOP Chair: "the Democrats are beating us on base turnout..." Bexar County: "While Republicans are anxious about their turnout numbers, Democrats are buoyed by theirs."

From Wendy Davis Campaign


October 31, 2014

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS ON ASSAULT OF COUNTY PARTY CHAIRMAN

Earlier this evening, Kleberg County Democratic Chairman Kyle Benson was assaulted by an unknown man. The Kingsville Police Department was called to the Kleberg County Democratic Party Headquarters Thursday to investigate a reported assault against the party chairman.

From Texas Democratic Party


October 31, 2014

TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION: EPA'S PROPOSED REFINERY RULES COULD INCREASE EMISSIONS, WILL NOT BENEFIT PUBLIC HEALTH

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new rules for refineries. The Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) submitted comments to the EPA related to these rules. The following can be attributed to Deb Mamula, executive vice president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA).

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


October 30, 2014

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: PATTERSON RECOGNIZED BY US-MEXICO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce today recognized Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson for his contributions to sustainable energy projects along the U.S.-Mexico Border. Patterson was awarded the 2014 Buen Vecino Award during the chamber’s Binational Conference in Mexico City.

From Texas General Land Office


October 30, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: GLEN HEGAR STILL THINKS TEXAS SHOULD TRIPLE THE SALES TAX

Last night, in the only debate for Texas Comptroller, Glenn Hegar refused to back down from his plan to triple the state sales tax, but defended himself by saying that he never “promised” to do it.

From Mike Collier Campaign


October 30, 2014

MARK MILLER CAMPAIGN: THE RAILROAD COMMISSION DEBATES THAT ALMOST WERE

Today the Texas Tribune hosted “A Conversation with Railroad Commission Candidates Brown and Sitton”. This event was the closest thing to an actual Railroad Commission election debate to occur this year.

From Mark Miller Campaign


October 30, 2014

TEXAS CABLE ASSOCIATION: CABLE MEMBERS AIRING PSA TO SUPPORT TEXAS MILITARY VETERANS

As Veterans Day approaches, Texas Cable Association member cable operators are showing their support for Texas’ former military members and thanking them – and their families – for their service to our state and nation.

From Texas Cable Association


October 30, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE LARRY GONZALES: NAMED AS A NATIONAL HISPANIC INSTITUTE "DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS"

State Representative Larry Gonzales (R–Round Rock) today was named as a “Distinguished Alumnus” of the National Hispanic Institute (NHI). Only three recipients are selected yearly from among 90,000 former participants.

From Representative Larry Gonzales


October 30, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: WHEN THEY THINK NO ONE'S LISTENING

It's been nearly 48 hours since the Dallas Morning News exposed racist comments made by Dallas County Judge GOP nominee Ron Natinsky.

From Lone Star Project


October 30, 2014

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: NAMED TEXAS OIL & GAS LEGISLATIVE CHAMPION

Senator Judith Zaffirini was named a Legislative Champion by Texas oil and gas leaders at the 12th biannual Future of the Region South Texas (FORSTX) conference in Corpus Christi on Tuesday (Oct. 28).

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


October 30, 2014

TEXAS JUVENILE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT: FIVE TJID FACILITIES CERTIFIED PREA COMPLIANT

Five juvenile justice facilities operated by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department have been certified as compliant with Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards by auditors accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

From Texas Juvenile Justice Department


October 30, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE LARRY GONZALES: ANNOUNCES MAJOR UPGRADES TO TAYLOR NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY

The Texas Military Department will undertake a major maintenance project at the Taylor Readiness Center in Taylor, Texas beginning in January 2015. The repair and upgrade project will focus on improving the functionality, energy efficiency, aesthetics, and safety of the facility.

From Representative Larry Gonzales


October 30, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: REFORM AGENDA

Last night, in the only debate for Texas Comptroller, Mike Collier discussed the reforms he hopes to bring to the comptroller’s office. While Glenn Hegar’s plan lacks detail, Mike Collier has a solid plan to reform the comptroller’s office.

From Mike Collier Campaign


October 30, 2014

RED STATE WOMEN: KONNI BURTON WILL TAKE BACK SD 10

Today Red State Women released a new short video featuring Konni Burton. Konni is the Republican nominee for the competitive Senate District 10 race, who is looking to bring a new energy to Austin this fall.

From Red State Women


October 30, 2014

TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL: CHILD SUPPORT DIVISION RECEIVES TOP AWARD FOR EXEMPLARY PERFORMANCE

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Child Support Division this week received the Outstanding Program Award from the Western Interstate Child Support Enforcement Council (WICSEC). Charles Smith, Deputy for the Child Support Division, accepted the Outstanding Program Award at WICSEC’s 2014 Annual Training Conference in San Diego, Calif.

From Texas Attorney General


October 30, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: COLLIER CLEAR WINNER OF TONIGHT'S DEBATE

In tonight’s debate between the candidates for Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Mike Collier, the most qualified candidate, emerged as the clear winner. Mike Collier’s Campaign Manager Zach Brigham released the following statement about Mike’s performance during tonight’s debate:

From Mike Collier Campaign


October 30, 2014

TDP: WATCHDOG WINS

Tonight, the candidates for comptroller, Mike Collier and state Senator Glenn Hegar met for their only debate in Austin, TX. After a 30 minute roundtable with Paul Brown from Time Warner Cable News, Mike Collier emerged as the clear victor.

From Texas Democratic Party


October 30, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY STATEMENT ON RECENT COMMENTS MADE ABOUT PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU BY A SENIOR WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL

Gov. Rick Perry today released the below statement following negative comments made about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by a senior White House official.

From Office of the Governor


October 30, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: TREMENDOUS VICTORY FOR SUPPORTERS OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement in response to the City of Houston withdrawing its subpoenas requiring pastors to submit sermons: “Supporters of religious liberty have just achieved a tremendous victory," said Sen. Cruz.

From Senator Ted Cruz


October 30, 2014

NORTH TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT: CONDEMNS "FOOD STAMP MONEY" STATEMENT BY DALLAS CANDIDATE FOR COUNTY JUDGE, CALLS FOR APOLOGY

From North Texas Civil Rights Project


October 30, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST CALLS FOR EXPANDED BORDER PRESENCE

Yesterday, Lt. Governor Dewhurst visited the Rio Grande Valley for a firsthand look at the National Guard presence along the Texas-Mexico border currently being funded by the State of Texas.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


October 30, 2014

TEXANS FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: TEC DEFIES SUPREME COURT, CONSTITUTION

Earlier today the Texas Ethics Commission gave itself broad new powers to dig into the finances of organizations critical of elected officials and to unconstitutionally expose donors to intimidation and harassment. And they are doing so in direct violation of Supreme Court rulings.

From Texans for Fiscal Responsibility


October 29, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: 40 DAYS, 40 WAYS DAN PATRICK IS WRONG FOR TEXAS #6: DAN PATRICK'S PRIVATE SCHOOL VOUCHER SCHEME

This November, Texans will have the chance to elect Leticia Van de Putte, a proven problem solver, who will fight for all Texans, as their next lieutenant governor. We are 6 days away from the general election. Today, we continue to highlight our top 40 reasons why Dan Patrick is not prepared to lead Texas.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


October 29, 2014

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: TO PRESENT NEW BIOGRAPHY OF HIS FATHER NOVEMBER 11 IN COLLEGE STATION

On November 11, 2014 (Veterans Day), President George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, will launch the release of his new book, titled "41: A Portrait of My Father", at an invitation-only event at the George Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Texas.

From President George W. Bush


October 29, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE GEORGE LAVENDER: BWI COMPANIES, INC. TO BE HONORED WITH TEXAS TREASURE BUSINESS AWARD

BWI Companies , Inc. announced today that it will be honored with the Texas Treasure Business Award. The awards ceremony will be held at noon on Friday, October 31, 2014 in the pavilion at Woodview Ranch owned by the Bunch family. Rep. Lavender will be on hand to present the award.

From Representative George Lavender


October 29, 2014

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE DISCUSSES STATE REVENUE SYSTEM

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today presided over a Senate Finance Committee hearing focusing on Texas' revenue and tax system. The committee heard a presentation from the Comptroller's office and discussed major sources of state revenue including the sales and franchise taxes as well as an overview of the property tax system.

From Senator Jane Nelson


October 29, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER MICHAEL WILLIAMS REGARDING THE ECS BLUEPRINT FOR COLLEGE READINESS REPORT

The Education Commission of the States (ECS) today released its Blueprint for College Readiness report, which features an analysis of the top 10 critical K-12 and higher education policies promoting college readiness and success.

From Texas Education Agency


October 29, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY WELCOMES HEALTH CARE HERO BACK HOME TO TEXAS

Early this morning, a nurse who has been working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone returned home to Texas. While she currently shows no signs of the disease, her job in West Africa places her at “some” risk by CDC protocols. Upon her arrival at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, she was met by Dr. David Lakey, Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services.

From Office of the Governor


October 29, 2014

MARK MILLER CAMPAIGN: RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE PANS NEW EARTHQUAKE RULES FOR INJECTION WELLS

The Texas Railroad Commission has adopted new rules regarding seismic activity and wastewater injection wells. Mark Miller, Libertarian candidate for Railroad Commissioner, believes that though the new rules are a small step in the right direction, the Commission unfortunately fell far short of its responsibilities to the citizens of Texas.

From Mark Miller Campaign


October 28, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE MYRA CROWNOVER: COMMENDS RAILROAD COMMISSION FOR ADDRESSING EARTHQUAKE CONCERNS

Today the Railroad Commission of Texas unanimously adopted disposal well rule amendments that are designed to address disposal well operations in areas of historical or future seismic activity. Disposal wells are permitted by the Railroad Commission to safely dispose of non-hazardous produced water (saltwater) and hydraulic fracture flowback fluid from oil and gas wells.

From Representative Myra Crownover


October 28, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS FIVE TO TEXAS FORENSIC SCIENCE COMMISSION

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed five members to the Texas Forensic Science Commission. The commission oversees professional conduct in forensic laboratories and facilities in Texas. Arthur “Art” Eisenberg of North Richland Hills is chairman and professor in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics at the University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center, and is co-director of the UNT Center for Human Identification.

From Office of the Governor


October 28, 2014

DALLAS AREA LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION: BRANCH, GIDDINGS STATEMENT ON NURSE AMBER VINSON

Amber Vinson, 29, the second East Dallas nurse to contract Ebola, is free of the virus and was discharged today from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Ms. Vinson held a press conference this afternoon, where she was greeted by a round of applause from Emory health care professionals.

From Dallas Area Legislative Delegation


October 28, 2014

INTERCULTURAL DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH ASSOCIATION: TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL ATTRITION RATES DIP ONE PERCENTAGE POINT

The Texas high school attrition rate has declined from 25 percent last year to 24 percent in 2013-14. At this rate, Texas will not reach universal high school education for another quarter of a century in 2035.

From Intercultural Development Research Association


October 28, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: 40 DAYS, 40 WAYS DAN PATRICK IS WRONG FOR TEXAS #7: DAN PATRICK'S HYPOCRISY ON EDUCATION CUTS

This November, Texans will have the chance to elect Leticia Van de Putte, a proven problem solver, who will fight for all Texans, as their next lieutenant governor. We are 7 days away from the general election. Today, we continue to highlight our top 40 reasons why Dan Patrick is not prepared to lead Texas.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


October 28, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: PRISON TOO OFTEN SUBSTITUTES FOR MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT, SENATE COMMITTEE TOLD

Senator José Rodríguez participated in the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee hearing Tuesday, where prison officials and mental health experts testified regarding medical and mental health care needs and costs in the Texas prison system. The committee’s charge was as follows:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


October 28, 2014

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: TFN PRESIDENT CONDEMNS HATEFUL MAILER IN NORTH TEXAS SENATE RACE

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller is condemning a reprehensible anti-gay campaign mailer attacking the Democratic nominee for a state Senate seat from North Texas. “These kinds of hateful campaign tactics represent politics at its worst,” Miller said.

From Texas Freedom Network


October 28, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: RACE RECAP: ABBOTT SPENT HIS SUMMER ON THE DEFENSE FOR KEEPING EXPLOSIVE CHEMICALS SECRET FROM TEXAS PARENTS

Greg Abbott spent most of his summer on defense with almost every week bringing a new excuse from Abbott about why he ruled to keep the locations of explosive chemicals secret from Texas parents.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


October 28, 2014

MIKE VANDEWALLE CAMPAIGN: RELEASES RADIO AD, "OVER MY DEAD BODY" IN COMPETITIVE HD-50 RACE

A small business owner for 38 years, Dr. Mike VandeWalle, Republican nominee for Texas’ House District 50, today released a 30-second radio ad, “Over My Dead Body,” that demonstrates his commitment to lowering taxes on small business and features the shocking words of State Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin), who said on October 13, 2013 on YNN Austin’s “Capitol Tonight” TV program, “I said I would absolutely be open to working on a state income tax.”

From Mike VanDeWalle Campaign


October 28, 2014

TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION: APPLAUDS RAILROAD COMMISSION'S ADOPTION OF DISPOSAL WELL RULE AMENDMENTS RELATED TO INDUCED SEISMICITY

The Railroad Commission of Texas today adopted disposal well rule amendments that are designed to address disposal well operations in areas of historical or future seismic activity. The following can be attributed to Deb Mamula, executive vice president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA).

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


October 28, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY ANNOUNCES TEF INVESTMENT BRINGING MORE THAN 200 JOBS TO SEGUIN

Gov. Rick Perry today announced the state is investing $800,000 from the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) in Siro Group USA to close the deal on a manufacturing facility in Seguin that will create more than 200 jobs and pump $58.5 million in capital investment into the local economy.

From Office of the Governor


October 28, 2014

TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT: PLAINTIFF FILES RESPONSE TO WILLIAMSON COUNTY: I DON'T HAVE TO BELIEVE "GOD HATES HOMOSEXUALITY" IN ORDER TO BE THE CONSTABLE!

The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) just filed a Response to Williamson County and its Commissioners’ Motions for Summary Judgment today on behalf of Robert Lloyd and plaintiffs in their federal lawsuit, which alleges the commissioners violated Mr. Lloyd’s constitutional rights by asking him questions about his church, religion, the political party for which he voted, and his private beliefs about abortion and gay marriage.

From Texas Civil Rights Project


October 28, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS GETS OUT THE VOTE AT UT AUSTIN, ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO CAST THEIR BALLOT EARLY

From Wendy Davis Campaign


October 28, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: ADOPTS DISPOSAL WELL RULE AMENDMENTS TODAY

The three Texas Railroad Commissioners today unanimously adopted disposal well rule amendments that are designed to address disposal well operations in areas of historical or future seismic activity. Disposal wells are permitted by the Railroad Commission to safely dispose of non-hazardous produced water (saltwater) and hydraulic fracture flowback fluid from oil and gas wells.

From Texas Railroad Commission


October 28, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: TEXAS' LEADING MINING ASSOCIATION AWARDS RAILROAD COMMISSIONER BARRY SMITHERMAN WITH THE 2014 ENERGY PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

The Texas Mining and Reclamation Association, the state’s leading mining industry organization representing more than 100 companies and individual members, presented Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman with the 2014 Energy Public Service Award at the trade group’s annual meeting Monday night in Bastrop.

From Texas Railroad Commission


October 28, 2014

COLE BALLWEG CAMPAIGN: EXTREMIST POSITION RECEIVES NATIONAL ATTENTION

The New Republic mentions Tony Tinderholt as an example of the type of candidate who is changing the way Republicans vote in Texas.

From Cole Ballweg Campaign


October 28, 2014

KONNI BURTON CAMPAIGN: BURTON PUSHES BACK AGAINST LIBBY WILLIS' NASTY CAMPAIGN

Today the Konni Burton campaign launched a television ad calling Libby Willis out for her purely negative campaign. The ad was the first contrasting ad seen by the Burton campaign who has spent nearly 18 months with a positive message addressing important issues to the voters of Senate District 10.

From Konni Burton Campaign


October 28, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: THE U.S. MUST LEAD THE WORLD INTO A NEW GENERATION OF ENERGY PROSPERITY

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement regarding the inauguration of Lithuania’s LNG import terminal at Klaip?da. The project was approved on July 21, 2010 with Norway's Statoil and Lithuania’s Litgas, gas trading arms of these respective states, signing the 5-year deal in August 2014 to supply LNG shipments.

From Senator Ted Cruz


October 28, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT'S CORRUPTION CLOSET: PREDATORS

Over the past year, the Lone Star Project has researched and documented one case after another of Greg Abbott and other GOP officials using their public office to take care of friends, donors and political allies – all at the expense of Texas families.

From Lone Star Project


October 28, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS SOTO AS PRESIDING OFFICER OF WEBB COUNTY - CITY OF LAREDO REGIONAL MOBILITY AUTHORITY

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Ruben Soto Jr. of Laredo as presiding officer of the Webb County - City of Laredo Regional Mobility Authority for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2016. Regional mobility authorities accelerate the development and financing of critical transportation projects throughout the state.

From Office of the Governor


October 28, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS KING AS JUDGE OF 26TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Donna King of Leander as judge of the 26th Judicial District Court in Williamson County for a term to expire at the 2016 general election.

From Office of the Governor


October 27, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY WELCOMES TOYOTA HEADQUARTERS TO NORTH TEXAS

Gov. Rick Perry today welcomed Toyota’s new North American headquarters to Plano. Once completed, the facility will bring nearly 4,000 jobs and more than $300 million in capital investment to North Texas.

From Office of the Governor


October 27, 2014

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SCHOOL OF LAW HUMAN RIGHTS CLINIC: TEXAS HAS NO DEFENSE FOR ITS TREATMENT OF PRISONERS DURING TODAY'S HEARING BEFORE HUMAN COMMISSION

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) held a hearing today, October 27, 2014, in Washington, D.C. on the U.S.’s and Texas’ violations of Texas inmates’ human rights by exposing them to dangerously hot temperatures.

From University of Texas School of Law Human Rights Clinic


October 27, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: LONGVIEW NEWS-JOURNAL ENDORSES MIKE COLLIER FOR TEXAS COMPTROLLER

Early Sunday morning, the Longview News-Journal endorsed Mike Collier to be the next Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts noting Collier “would be an excellent comptroller and bring knowledge from the top.”

From Mike Collier Campaign


October 27, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: BORDER WAIT TIMES

Many of us have experienced border wait times, especially since we live so close to the border. Whether we cross the border to visit family and friends or stop by our favorite Mexican restaurants and shops, we always prepare ourselves for the inevitable delays in crossing the border.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


October 27, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: BEAUMONT ENTERPRISE ENDORSES LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE FOR LT. GOVERNOR

Yesterday, the Beaumont Enterprise continued their support for Leticia Van de Putte for Lieutenant Governor. The Beaumont Enterprise editorial board had already endorsed Senator Van de Putte, but they now published an explanation on why she “merits your vote” for lieutenant governor.” [Beaumont Enterprise, 10/27/14]

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


October 27, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: LONGVIEW NEWS-JOURNAL ENDORSES LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE FOR LT. GOVERNOR

Early this morning,the Longview News-Journal endorsed Leticia Van de Putte for Lieutenant Governor. The News-Journal editorial board signaled Senator Van de Putte as “the clear best choice” for lieutenant governor.” [Longview News-Journal, 10/26/14]

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


October 27, 2014

TDP: ICYMI: THE LONGVIEW NEWS-JOURNAL ENDORSES LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE, SAM HOUSTON, AND MIKE COLLIER

In case you missed it, The Longview News-Journal endorsed Senator Leticia Van de Putte for lieutenant governor, Sam Houston for attorney general, and Mike Collier for comptroller [The Longview News-Journal, 10/26/2014].

From Texas Democratic Party


October 27, 2014

TEXAS DENTISTS FOR MEDICAID REFORM: REP. RAYMOND ASKS FOR REVIEW OF ALL MEDICAID CASES HANDLED BY FIRED OIG ACTUARY

The Austin American Statesman reported this morning that Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, D-Laredo, has requested that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office of Inspector General review all Medicaid cases that were worked on by the now-terminated actuary that admitted to falsifying records in the case of Dr. Rachel Trueblood.

From Texas Dentists for Medicaid Reform


October 27, 2014

TDP: ON FREEDOM SUNDAY

It’s been 50 years since the Freedom Summer of 1964 when union members, clergymen, and civil rights organizations from across the country joined together to encourage voter registration, education, and electoral empowerment. Today, we commemorate that summer by celebrating Freedom Sunday.

From Texas Democratic Party


October 27, 2014

PETE GALLEGO CAMPAIGN: WILL HURD'S INSANE BUDGET PLAN HITS THE NATIONAL STAGE

Saturday morning at 6am ET, video of Republican Will Hurd delivering the Weekly Republican Address will be posted at TeamBoehner.com.

From Pete Gallego Campaign


October 27, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT CONDONES PAXTON'S CRIMES

Greg Abbott appeared today in Frisco, Texas at a campaign event with Ken Paxton, the Republican nominee for Attorney General who has admitted to felony violations of state security laws.

From Lone Star Project


October 27, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST COMMENDS TXDOT DECISION TO END UNPAVED ROAD CONVERSION

Today, Lt. Governor Dewhurst applauded the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) decision to end the practice of high-end unpaved road conversion and expressed his support for the release of funding for critical safety projects and the improvement of roadways affected by the state’s growing energy sector.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


October 27, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: STATEMENT ON RECOVERY OF EBOLA PATIENT NINA PHAM

State Senator Donna Campbell issued a statement in response to news that nurse Nina Pham has been declared "Ebola-free." "Texans are relieved and thankful to learn that Dallas nurse Nina Pham has been declared free of the Ebola virus and is making a full recovery.

From Senator Donna Campbell